Individuals in Southern States Gain American Citizenship

On January 10, more than 30 people from around the world gained U.S. citizenship during a ceremony hosted by President Jimmy Carter in Georgia. According to Columbus, Georgia, CBS affiliate WRBL, 18 countries were represented at the naturalization ceremony, including China, India, Mexico and the Philippines.

PresidentCarter hosted the event because it took place in his hometown of Plains. He believes that instead of referring to the United States as a melting pot, it is more appropriate to deem the country a “mosaic.”

“There’s no doubt that one of the best things that’s happened to my country is the constant infusion, the constant coming, to my nation of new citizens like you,” he told the publication.

Denise Frazier, districtdirector of US Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Atlanta office, told WRBL that this occasion is very special for these individuals who are now able to start a new journey toward their own American Dream.

At a similar event in Jacksonville, Florida, on January 11, the first Incan nativebecame a U.S. citizen at the age of 100. Francisca Victoria Huerta has been living in the United Stateswith a green card for five years. Most of her13 children and their families live in the United States, and she had long dreamed of being able to be with them. She joined 15 other new citizens at the ceremony, hailing from Mexico, Haiti, Albania, Brazil, Hungary, Cuba, Bosnia-Herzegovina, India, Italy, Nigeria, Syria and the Philippines.

Huerta was a member of the ancient Incan tribeand worked so hard forher whole life thatshe never learned to read. She still does not speak English and was waived from the written citizenship test because of the extremedifficulty she would face in tryingto learn a new language at her age.